Alex Stathopoulos, a senior associate in the San Francisco employment group, defends employers in complex wage and hour class actions and single plaintiff cases, and provides creative and practical counseling on a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

Orrick’s Employment Law and Litigation group was recently named Labor & Employment Department of the Year in California for the fourth consecutive year by The Recorder, the premier source for legal news, in recognition of their significant wins on behalf of leading multinational companies on today’s most complex and challenging employment law matters.

Alex was recently named California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Section Liaison to the Labor and Employment Section of the California Lawyers Association (CLA).

Alex focuses her practice on defending employers in class- and collective-actions brought under federal and state wage and hour laws, including misclassification, meal and rest periods, off-the-clock work, expense reimbursement, and Private Attorney General Act (PAGA) claims.  She also routinely defends employers in high-stakes single plaintiff cases involving leaves and accommodations, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblowing, wrongful termination, and trade secrets.

Her counseling practice focuses on providing advice to management, designing appropriate workplace policies and procedures, and offering creative and practical solutions to address a wide range of employment issues including new and developing areas of the law.

  • Prior to law school, she was a communication consultant to Fortune 500 companies, providing written deliverables and analysis on topics that included employee health plans, compensation, and retirement benefits.

  • Alex has significant experience litigating a broad range of employment issues. Her recent experience includes the following:

    Class & Collective Actions

    • Obtaining voluntary dismissal of an FLSA collective action following minimal discovery.
    • Representing a national retailer in four coordinated state class actions and a related federal collective action alleging minimum wage, overtime, regular rate, off-the-clock work, unreimbursed business expenses, pay cards, wage statements, and PAGA claims.
    • Representing a leading technology company in a putative hybrid state class action / federal collective action alleging off-the-clock claims.
    • Representing a national bank in putative statewide class action alleging misclassification of information technology employees.

    Administrative Charges

    • Obtaining dismissal of EEOC charge alleging age discrimination and wrongful termination.
    • Convincing Labor Commissioner to dismiss wage claim filed with the DLSE.

    Single Plaintiff Discrimination/Wrongful Termination

    • Achieving summary judgment on behalf of an energy company in a single plaintiff action alleging a host of claims including gender and disability discrimination, failure to accommodate, harassment, and retaliation.
    • Demurrer sustained without leave to amend in single plaintiff wrongful termination action against retailer.

    In addition, Alex has helped employers obtain resolution through negotiation and mediation.  She has a demonstrated commitment to pro bono work, including work to secure relief for asylum-seekers and providing counseling on employment issues to non-profits.

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